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Here we go again; remove all of history that upsets someone or hurts their feelings. What if someone said the Little Rock 9 gave the city a bad vibe in history? Are we gonna jump up and remove their statues from the capitol grounds? I think not. it's history; it's over and done with. Lets learn from it but teach it instead of trying to erase it.
It part 0f 0ur History. If your mother family history contains confederates dko you leave tkhem out of the family history?
If the confederate had won, there would be no United States of America as we know it today. How can any American be proud of that? It is a part of history, but not one that should be honored.
Well, just in case the bleeding hearts decide to screw with our flag, I just ordered an Arkansas Flag from Amazon.
History exists partly so we don’t repeat it. You can’t erase it. Where do we stop the merry go round?
This guy needs to leave.
I've never understood people that want to wipe out history. The star doesn't represent any hate. It represents our heritage. It was a time that split the nation. We've moved way past those days. Those that want to remove it might have some guilty conscience about their ancestors. There is not a single person still alive from those times. I believe it is a scar that reminds us of our past that we should never forget.
I say untie it. The Confederacy lost. Need to stop tying ourselves to a bunch of losers!
It’s history!!! Learn from it, don’t repeat it. Goodness sake people. “Ya’ll come back now ya hear” is next. “We are not makers of history, we are made by history”. We wipe away our history good or bad we are nothing but history. Absolutely ridiculous!
Arkansas had two bites at the apple of secession. When the issue was simply to secede in order to preserve slavery, the people, and their representatives flatly voted that down. However a little more than six weeks later, after the fight occurred at Fort Sumter and Lincoln called for troops from the remaining states to fight against and put down the "rebelling" Confederacy, the citizens of Arkansas, as well as those of Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina rejected that, and went out to side with their neighboring states. Arkansas's governor Henry Rector responded to the federal demand, "In answer to your requisition for troops from Arkansas to subjugate the Southern states, I have to say that none will be furnished. The demand is only adding insult to injury. The people of this Commonwealth are freemen, not slave, and will defend to the last extremity their honor, lives, and property against Northern mendacity and usurpation."
Back East, the future status of Arkansas and other western and border states - whether they would side with the Union or support the new Confederacy - was uncertain and could in no case be taken for granted, and people wondered what would be their stand. The contents of Rector's letter to the Secretary of War were transmitted through the wires throughout the country and was greeted with great excitement, as their stance was now known. North Carolina, still hanging on the cusp of decision, celebrated Arkansas as the "Nary One" State, in honor or Rector's reply that not a single soldier would be furnished to fight against her sister states. Following the federal draft for troops, Arkansas refused to comply with the demand, and on May 6, 1861, voted 69-1 to leave the union. The causes of war are never fully clear cut... but in this case Arkansas rejected the call to secede and fight simply for slavery - that would have been protected under current law in any case - but chose and voted to stand with their neighbors against what was becoming a Northern invasion, with federal troops already moving into and occupying parts of Virginia.
Me, i'm no kind of politician either, but am proud to hail from the "Nary One State".